In 2010, Unilever launched “Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) – a blueprint for sustainable growth.”, under which the company has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and find better ways to use and store natural sources of energy.
To keep in line with USLP, Unilever North America installed a rooftop solar array at the company’s newly renovated headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
The solar array consists of approximately 1,200 panels and started producing electricity in April 2018. The 400-kW array will create over 500,000 kWh of electricity per year. The array is large enough to supply a portion of the electricity consumption for the building.
The solar arrays are built and operated by IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider.
Unilever’s Global Renewable Energy Foray
In 2015, Unilever set a target to have 100% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030. And, it targets to become fully carbon positive. By 2020, all electricity purchased from the renewable energy grid and eliminate coal from energy mix. In turn, the company plans to support the generation of more renewable energy, making the surplus available to the markets and communities where they operate by 2030.
Currently, Unilever buys renewable energy through two main arrangements, which includes issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and entering into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy generating companies within the operating area.
But, in November 2016, Unilever forayed into a new arrangement by buying traceable renewable electricity in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and South Africa, a total of 100,000 MWh through I-REC, which is a new global standard for documenting renewable energy consumption, recognized by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 Guidance
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